E-MU SP-12 Turbo
E-MU SP-12 Turbo

SP-12 Turbo, Drum Machine from E-MU.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 9 reviews )
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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

E-MU SP-12 Turbo
I don't really use much of the features on it. I sequence it from my PC running Cubase. One thing to remember: When you tune your samples and have them the way you like them, the tuning will NOT be saved with the sounds. If you're sequencing from the SP-12 then you don't have to worry, the tuning will be saved in each sequence the sounds are used in, but if you are sequencing from some outside device, MAKE ONE SEQUENCE ONCE YOUR SAMPLES ARE TUNED THE WAY YOU LIKE THEM, AND JUST HIT EACH SAMPLE BUTTON ONE AT A TIME. This will make a sequence containing your current tuning, which you can save. When you load it up, you can use that sequence to re-tune all your samples by ear. Annoying? Yes, but I guess that's the price you pay for that sound...

Price paid: $449 USD


Very easy. Didn't require much reading from the manual to use it. Some people might find the memory limitation to be a bit annoying for chopping up samples, but once again, it's the price you pay for that sound.


This really is the one and only reason to buy one. It's got that grit that you just don't get with new equipment. Sample in some kicks and snares from vinyl fast + tune em down = hip hop at its grittiest and finest.


Built like a tank. I doubt many devices today are built with the kind of durability in mind that E-mu's designers did.

I will get another one if this one dies. It IS that missing ingredient I needed in my setup. I'll never get rid of it.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: BigRyan ( 7-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

E-MU SP-12 Turbo
Satisfied for the sound quality. Dissapointed in the sampling capacity of a partitioned 2.5 seconds *(5 seconds total).

Price paid



So easy to use it's silly. My kid brother knows how to sample, truncate and program drum sequences on this baby!

The buttons tend to stick over time, but hey....it's worth it. I'd recommend using an outside MIDI sequencer and or MPC pads or something like that. This sampler is the blue beast of the beats. It's casing is hard plastic straight out of 1987.


12-bit grit all the way!!!! All sample are phenomenal once processed by the SP-12.


LOVE this machine and will never get rid of it. I even devoted my T-shirt company to it. Check out > www.12-bit.com < for more information.....updating soon.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 4-, 2003)
Franck Débine11/04/2009

Franck Débine's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU SP-12 Turbo
8 Audio outputs, each with their properties
No effects No, do not push it <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif">
4 banks of 8 basic sounds, that can be edited on the bike. But they quickly turns to sample our sounds, and c is the fact that ca super bad.
The sequencer is excellent, I could not give the features, but severe and c ca swing is clean. C al ear, not visual like MPC, but c is just hyper instinctive.


The grip is so fast, everything is marked on the front. C could not be simpler.

J I opened the manual until his arrival, I do not think l have since reopened.

The edition of samples is so simple for a machine so old. Unbeatable for me.


The basic sounds are nice, but the interest lies in being able to put his.

No effects, at least, the Tune is more or less.

I tripe on the fact of his having a filthy, but we like it. Take a loop at 78 rpm and the detune is in a happy LO-FI.

To see it to believe it.

After, that s not an MPC with respect to the pads. C is plastic, solid course, but it does not respond to velocity.


It's a little less than two years that I've l, and I love him even more.

J have tried a lot of sampler sequencer (MBM, SP) and I confess that c is the one that most revealed my neighbor <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif">

I would do without this choice problem, especially given the anecdote at the purchase on Ebay. (The seller was categorized in Video Games \ Game Boy \ Accessories) What a lucky dog.

In France it is much too expensive, I went to Pigalle the weekend and I saw the 1000 € is not messing around ... all the same.

I'd hit with the shipping of the United States € 350.
Franck Débine11/04/2009

Franck Débine's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU SP-12 Turbo
8 outputs Audios having their chacunes Properties
Midi IN - OUT - THRU
No effects no, do not push <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif" alt="" />
4 banks of 8 basic sounds that you can edit on bcane. But it turns them fast enough to sample our sounds, and c is the that it makes ultra evil.
The squenceur is excellent, I could not give the characteristics, but it swing severe and c is clean. C is al ear, no visual genre MPC but it's just hyper instinctive.


The grip is so fast, everything is marked on the front. C could not be simpler.

I ve opened the manual pending happens, I do not think the have since reopened.

The edition of the samples is so simple for such an old machine. Unbeatable for me.


Basic sounds are nice, but the interest lies in the fact that they can put their own.

No effects, at least, the Tune is more or less.

I am tripping on the fact of having a sound filthy, but love a. Take a loop 78 rpm and the dTUNER in becoming a LO-FI happiness.

To see to believe.

After, this is not a MPC regarding the pads. C is plastic, solid course, but it does not rponds the vlocit.


It is a little less than 2 years that I have it, and I love it even more.

I ve tried quite squenceur sampler (MPC SP) and I confess that c is the one that has the most sent down my neighbor <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif" alt="" />

I would do this choice without problem, especially given the anecdote when buying on Ebay. (The seller was in catgoris Videos Games \ Game Boy Advance \ Accessories) What a guy.

In France it is much too expensive, I pass Pigalle this weekend and I saw in 1000 ... must not dconner anyway.

I'd touch with the shipping US 350.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU SP-12 Turbo
(Edit: "use" and "sound")

It is of a different era but a sample bar There&#39;s everything you need is an E-mu even if these people knew how the machines.

So-32 basic sounds in four banks rpart crasables by yours but it will always remain in memory, hide.
A-OS Intgr the Roma is a top. + In the OS and your sounds are squence chargsds ignition. (E-Mu has taken this ailleus Systm later as an option in their samplers SERIES IV Ultra emulator.)

-It rpond VLOC when the pilot noon pads too, but you really hit the I cut most of the time the dynamic mode of pads. Is the multilevel mode to work another Manir, a pad volume = Different. There is also a mode multipitch, you guessed its use.

-A system that backup diskette 5 "1 / 4: taking a drive Commodore 1541 II is not that long, it&#39;s frankly EXAGRES in the manual. And then made good in this world ... There&#39;s always more press time!
Whatever was not harmful since the spur of the moment and the sounds are stored in ROM squence hh.

-The internal memory of mixes, I regret that has not kept the agreement against memory by (a guard in the squence inquitez you not) but with the faders when you&#39;re on a song you find yourself in 10 seconds, not even.

-Multiple recording modes / or no quantize / bearings with the repeat button ...

-Dcoupe/looping Samples with the faders -> FATAL. Not seen better days and I use a sampler E-Mu ct much more powerful and also soft drinks.
It allowed me to see a little too square for my fawn dcouper in audio editors o I tended to zoom in click millionime 120, is the the ear and sounds better as a result, forcment.

-8 Spares out of which 6 with Low Pass filters rgls Different.


This machine is simple, but it is a pleasure rustic, one must love.
The principle of Publishing: a pat on n paramtre and is known, there are not tons of everything srigraphi and clear.

There&#39;s a manual, which opens APRS be sampling his first sounds, see the first recorded beat.

In the beginners I was nervous about the accuracy of sampling of 4.75 but in fact I get complete four banks without problem, I sometimes even the rab.

In sync with a sequencer and using the song and how well you can choose from as not, it&#39;s not so bad if you want to hit you the piece of your Entire rcoute poru whether your charl is well located in the 192me measure. ^ ^

You can also choose to put your song in loop mode and suddenly the sp Integrates well with a 2-3 DAW through manipulations (type 21, enter the step n = 5 seconds and press)
A props the way it is very simple song it&#39;s not wrong with the copy / paste, repeat, jump etc. ... a subsong. EficaZ!


I is not hip hop but I like the sounds cradingues, and MS has become an obviousness of the day on I tried, I liked the sound and interface, too.
I had an S330 before, trs well in his field, also cradingue 12 bit, super filter numrique in passing ... but it is not a BAR

When a sample in vinyl 45 rpm and the dpitche hispeed and that he take a espce color, a sound that fits well trs drums, I love.
In the manual it says that this would be close to a RingMod then see ...
On bass this is less well following the sound but can pass the filter outputs for diffrent as we want.
An analog synth bass or other in it ... the beautiful, full sound!

I do not think MS is the machine that taps the more output but the sounds are against Submitted immediately trs is nice, with good samples sounded very quickly.
Squenceur groove of the famous, well, it&#39;s clear I have learned about AF: You double the tempo you type a hiphop beat and ay is, back in 1992. Tum ta! ltoum tou tou ta! ltoumltoum! Pta!

I use it for Zique faster and it often passes the groove of the door at once.
Anyway my goal is to groove me with my finger ti ... First! (Ahem, not won c)

(Edit: just a small small Hh is really good that we learn quickly BCAN, honest I did not think would come so quickly a good start but I hit my rhythm drum & bass sounds more with both pads in dynamic mode, it&#39;s coooool 10x better than when I used the keyboard matre I dbrouille better with MS Youhou ^ ^)


I&#39;ve had about 6-7 months for a battery is enough and I need 8 sounds grimey sound with 8 outlets and a squenceur spares, all without me take the t te.
I have other machines if I want to dig ct publisher and I do not deny.
MS is the best complment rhythm that I could buy, she took the main square and the game allows me free trips on my sampler which ignores just one little number to mix the The elements spars ease of battery.

For less than a groovebox and what I did, it&#39;s perfect.

Uh I forgot to mention but physically it requires is the heavier of the large and solid, more than 20 years and hand the keys to clean the contacts and catch a little feeble, RAS.
It is good BCAN! It does not dpareillerais ct a Leclerc tank! Except the color can be ...

Do not buy it on AF they are crazy in the classifieds, from 450 (very lucky) and 700 (limit) can go to because it is not so easy to find, above it is just not instantly.

ck's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU SP-12 Turbo
This is a "rhythm box / sampler" quite old (80) but remains REFERENCE particulirement in hip hop.
Because of its length the sounds are not ditables on a PC, but can possibly be on the Mac Classic (or some other old Mac) thanks to the Librarian software, which now seems to be pretty hard obtain.
It can contain up to 4x8 samples (32).
There is possibility to change the pitch of samples and the indoor volume of the machine.
Well Obviously, like any self-respecting rhythm box one can program the indoor of the "pattern" (here called "segments") and "songs.


The setup is simple enough, but does not contain step trs provided or explicitly, it takes a little bone up the manual to understand everything, even if it is fairly simple.
Well, we can also say that because of its age is not a box handy and intuitive rhythm trs, we must first get used to having RFLEX.
But the manual, though in English, by a t rdig a size and trs is enjoyable to read because it contains a lot of jokes rather hilarious.

To be clear, I do not have compltement "dbroussailler" this machine, including I have not tried to use midi.

At the level of saving, the also has not done without some difficulty.
There are two solutions to store, either using an old floppy diskettes old (5 "25) Commodore 1541 or 1541-II (the latter both faster than the first), or use an old Mac Classic (which I did not test Russia).
I myself have a Commodore 1541-II, and j&#39;tais tonn APRS have purchased and the old floppy disks (standards and platforms) that go with it, to see what silent single point backup.

Basically any use of this machine is quite heavy compared to many sr hardware emerging on the market but at least everything is working as a tank assault.


The two attributes that have certainly built the myth of this machine are certainly sound (12 bit = Lo Fi) a little dirty, and the groove of the sequencer is hidden there.
It&#39;s just standard.
So of sr is a style, but since I fiddling, I start hearing numbers in major productions amricaines. In several of my discs discothque, there are often two or three titles that use the SP12 (or SP1200).

Although the SP12 Turbo sampler that can more than SP12 (single) maximum sampling time is rather limited (like the old Akai S950, but even more limited. I do not remember REPRESENTATIVES over what has in seconds, but numbers of sites are devoted this machine and you will easily find by searching a bit on the net many prcieuses information about it.

It is also the fact that on some "User" (c - d say sliced ​​samples) are superb cut-type filters that round up including bass drums and give them a deep grave, trs appr it.

It also has a mono output MIX spares and 8 outputs (assignable to 8 User your choice).

For example, it is often recognizable in the beats of DJ Premier.

On the other hand, I hear the bass samples with this machine are often standard, and there&#39;s a little trick that I did not test either, it&#39;s a sampler instrument Has pitch and then dpitcher in MS for 12 returns to its initial score, which gives it even more "dirty" grain, which can blow the same SAVE the place on the total time of sampling it can accept.


Finally, to be really honnte from the 21 century we live in, I put a note of some 10 infrieure for its use and its CHARACTERISTICS, because it is less easy to handle a box sr good pace today, but it&#39;s such an instrument has a sound standard, I could not afford to tarnish, even a minimal image of this myth.

So of sr as they are old machines, we must be careful to buy from falling on a MODEL that has not aged well and its too t MALTRAS Previous landlord.
Sometimes there is some problem in blowing some of them, but I do not dsespre rgler has on mine because I happened to read on a site that can remdier there.

For the quality-price ratio, I pay about $ 500 of mine and I think for that price, the report is excellent, especially as it is in perfect state.

I&#39;m a fan of the old machines Lo-Fi, and 2 possde Akai S950 (which also work in 12 bit).

It is true that today there are many apps that replicate many of the old sounds and old machines, but when you want a real seriousness, (in addition to your ear and your ability to manipulate instruments) there is no rel worth, that we can touch the finger, and I am sure you test for the studio that made the diffrence the end.
A machine as the SP12 guarantees a powerful and rel grain can make the difference on a production.

granpulpo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

E-MU SP-12 Turbo
Low, 5 seconds and a half sample (turbo version) ... you know why the buy!:!
... But from there, we do not need more ...
a big plus is the ROM + RAM: Ignition to your samples are already loaded, but you can remove the sampler and of others. (a big plus compared to a 1200 sp to use!)


As a sp 1200, so very basic and without chi-chis.
c is for the drums and see a small sample, but C is very effective!


The bottom of this machine is unexpected ... the drums even the most rotten and uninteresting start farting .. except for the hype, no reason to pay 2 times the price for SP1200 (depending on the version that may greatly disappoint you ...)
No hype with this machine, just an electronic circuit and legendary ...
the sequencer groove of death differs from a very mpc, but playing on the swing you will recognize the signature groove of many of hip-hop tracks ...


The original in original E-mu (1985) ... the same or better (rom) q SP1200, 1987 ...
The sp 12 turbo is a machine of connoisseurs.